Elf takes over the Empire State Building for the Holidays

November 17, 2023, 7:28.21 pm ET  

Photos: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Empire State Realty Trust

The Empire State Building will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the holiday classic “Elf” with a special tower lighting, film screenings, and themed décor at the Observatory throughout the holiday season.

The beloved film – that premiered in 2003 – features Buddy the Elf, who travels from the North Pole to New York City to meet his father at his office in the Empire State Building.

“The Empire State Building plays a lead role in hundreds of films and television shows, and ‘Elf’ has become a celebrated classic,” said Jean-Yves Ghazi, president of the Empire State Building Observatory. “Now, our guests can walk in Buddy the Elf’s footsteps in a special holiday experience that brings his adventures to life at the very place where the movie was filmed.”

Celebrations for the milestone anniversary include:

Holiday Cheer – In partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery, "Elf” will take over the Observatory with themed décor in the building’s Fifth Avenue Lobby and on its famed 86th Floor Observatory. The iconic Fifth Avenue Lobby windows will depict snowy scenes of Buddy the Elf and his friends as he travels from the North Pole to the “World’s Most Famous Building.” Guests can also pose with a life-size version of Buddy the Elf in an “Elf”-themed photo corner on the building’s iconic 86th Floor Observatory as of Nov. 10.

Anniversary Screenings – Fans can purchase a special ticket to view “Elf” at one of four screenings on the Observatory’s 80th Floor on Sunday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17. Tickets will include holiday-themed drinks and snacks, and full access to the Empire State Building’s second floor museum and 86th Floor Observatory. $135 per person.

More information and tickets visit www.esbnyc.com 


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